Rise in labour disputes

■ Government measures that encourage public bodies to transfer jobs to private sector providers have led to a substantial rise in the number of costly employment tribunals, a law firm said yesterday. Tribunals relating to TUPE regulations – which ensure workers retain existing benefits if their jobs are transferred to a new employer – increased by 37 per cent to 2,600 between in 2011/12. “Local authorities are being urged to cut their budgets wherever they can and one way to do that is to shift services out into the private sector,” Jon Taylor, head of employment law at EMW, told City A.M.